Dramatic footage of a newborn baby girl being cut from a sewer pipe in a college dormitory has emerged.
A rescue operation was launched after cries were heard near the toilets at Linyi University in eastern China’s Shandong province, NBC news reports.
The channel cites state news agency Xinhua as stating the baby’s mother, a student at the university, gave birth early on Sunday morning.
No more is known about the mother and doctors have reportedly declined to comment on the baby’s condition.
Fire crews are understood to have used an angle grinder to break open the 20cm wide pipe the baby was wedged in.
The incident bears similarities to an incident in May last year, when a newborn baby boy was rescued from a sewage pipe beneath a squat toilet in Jinhua City, eastern China.
The little boy was found stuck head first in the 10cm diameter pipe and was saved by fire crews who cut through the section of pipe and then used pliers and saws to tear it open.
Initial reports suggested the child’s mother could face charges of attempted murder, but Chinese authorities have confirmed she will not face criminal charges after it was revealed she raised the alarm and eventually identified herself to police.
The unmarried 22-year-old kept her pregnancy secret and gave birth unexpectedly, it was reported.
The mother claimed the baby slipped into the sewage pipe by accident and that she informed her landlord when she was unable to pull the child out.
The child was treated in hospital for cuts to his face and limbs and was later reunited with his mother.